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Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1977-04-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Springfield Civic Center on 1977-04-23

Topics Live concert

Sugaree, Cassidy, Loser, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Row Jimmy, It's All Over Now, Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain Estimated Prophet, Bertha, The Music Never Stopped, Help on the Way-> Slipknot-> Franklin's Tower-> Around & Around-> GDTRFB-> Not Fade Away E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Springfield Civic Center
Location Springfield, MA

Source Audience Recording: Sony ECM 99A
Lineage AUDMC (Sony ECM99A > Sony152TC) > DAT > CD
Taped by Steve Hopkins
Transferred by


AUDMC(Sony ECM99A > Sony152TC) > DAT > CD taped by Steve Hopkins via David Minor encoded by Matt Vernon


Reviewer: Jon Mitchell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2015
Subject: 4-23-77
My first show. Freshman year at BU. We hitch-hiked at the break of dawn and got a great spot on line.
It poured all day (no shelter) but spirits were way, way high. General Admission. They throw the doors open at like 7:15 or so and the line disappeared in to a wet, mass throng of people pushing towards the door.
A girl in front of me passed out from the pressure; I could barely breathe myself...just as I thought she died we spilled onto the floor inside (she was OK, thankfully)...Mad rush to the arena...the band came on at 8pm sharp (no BS, no opening act, announcements, etc.) and KICKED OUR ASSES all night! I've NEVER seen dancing so spirited. Girls topless, people running around naked and giant joints going around the arena compliments of the band.
Need I say more?
Reviewer: unbrobenchain???mighthavejustbroke - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2011
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
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Reviewer: llucy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2011
Subject: Sweet!
This was my first show, so I gotta give it 5 stars. It deserves it anyway, great recording.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2011
Subject: Sweet AUD!
Very sweet sounding AUD of a spring '77 show. This recording is super good and really captures the room sound and music perfectly. Check out the rowdy mass.holes (takes on to know one) hooting and hollering in the right chanel. Good perfomance, too.
Reviewer: Death&Mercy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 1, 2008
Subject: 5 Stars
high quality recordng.

show starts a bit flat with below average versions of Sugaree, Loser, Minglewood and the like, but the 1st set ends with a very nice Scarlet > Fire (though a bit short with little transition). 2nd set opens with a decent stand-alone Estimated, then a killer Bertha with a nice little jam from Jerry. the TMSN never gets rolling, and the Help is a bit ragged, but things heat up with the Slipknot, and the Franklin's just explodes. used to have a problem with the AUD patch right where it counts, but it does work in a way, and makes for a great listening experience once you get used to it. definitely a top 5 Franklin's, maybe top 2. next comes a killer GDTRFB with extraordinary licks from Jerry, followed by a hot A&A, and a decent NFA.

very good show, with Franklin's Tower and GDTRFB the highlights.
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2006
Subject: Smoking show
Wow! This is one hell of a setlist. This was the spring of my GD inauguration! Or perhaps the springboard! Anyway, this show rips. It's the kinda Dead that I adore. Scarlet-Fire to end the that! HSF in the second. Preview of May 77.
Reviewer: hjl1450 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: I Have to write this
The more I listen to this show the more I dig it! The song selection is unusual even for the spring '77 tour. It is early in the tour but the gang really steps outside the box..The rare opening of Sugaree sets the tone along with a mellow 78 sound of All Over Now...can you say San Bernardino?

BUT, how amazing is Scarlet>Fire!! The transition between the songs actually bring tears to my eyes! I don't know if it's Keith's Syn or Jerry's vibratic rhythm, but it really is soulful. The Scarlet>Fire from the night before at the Spectrum has the same feel with a bit more tempo, but together the two versions are unmatched from then on..Not to be outdone is the rockin NFA almost at the end of the show, sounding 70's, 80's
and early 90's all at once...

A special show!!!

rip Scott Larned
rip Kent State 35 years later...

PSS...please note another review I posted on the SBD version...same feeling though...I'm not into being very technical, Aud, BB, or Mix..
Reviewer: brendanmcauley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2005
This is a very well played show. The jamming of the scarlet>fire beig the highlight. Since this is a audience tape, the crowds excitement is lou as they are introduced to just the 3rd ever "fire" and its initeresting to hear the crowd- many of which- I suspect sicne I was 7 yrs old then, had not seen the dead for what ever reason sicne the early 70's. If one didn't geta ticket in the summer or fall of '76, they didn't see many shows since 1973 or 74. Its simply a mathematical certainty that it took close to 3 years most likley before every dead head was able to see a show again after the hiatus.
Soo, this scarlet>fire is really wowing folks on thsi tight audience. This was just one of the first dozen or so shows of 1977 and the Help Slip, also a new tune then really is hot on this show. The help slip franks is about 25 minutes and the scarket fire is 18 total.
The only criticism is that the entire band seems to labor as they try and meld the fire intro. But all is fien in the end but the shortness fo the tune , like estimated prophet's jam, is short and experimental sounding. Thsi doesn;t take away from the show its just an observation more than a criticism I guess.
I usually would pass this up but I got the scarlet fire and HSF and soem other great stuff on one disc. Its a nice one disc dl's choice sort of show. My suggestion is to download the hsf and sf , estimated and sugaree and move on. They all go on one disc.
Reviewer: The Bopper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2004
Subject: Classic
Another great '77. Seth Jackson always talks about this how so I had to download it. All songs are played very well. I wish Jerrys guitar was a tiny bit louder on this recording but it's worth the download none the less. Five stars
Reviewer: rtbruce13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2004
Subject: coasters
This is my favorite show of 77' so I had to give it props. The first set smokes. Great sound all around. I have had it for two years now, and since my Cornell copies have become coasters.
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